The last match Alan Pardew managed at Newcastle was the 3-2 win at home to Everton on Sunday, December 28th, and it was immediately after that game that rumors took on a life of their own, after Alan sent out John Carver to do the press briefing after the game.
Lee Charnley – Newcastle’s Managing Director
And sure enough that was the last game Alan managed at the club and in the four games since then – a draw and three successive defeats, John Carver has been in charge.
It looks like John will be in charge of the team for the early kickoff game at Hull City on Saturday, where Newcastle will be looking for their first win since Alan left the club and out first win of 2015.
We also have taken only 4 points from the last seven league games, for the second time this season, but the powers that be at Newcastle don’t think we are in any relegation trouble, since no players seem to be coming in to fortify the squad this month.
If Newcastle are not going to appoint a new head coach in the next week or two, it’s time to get some stability at the club and announce that John Carver will be the caretaker manager through the end of the season.
The players cannot be too happy or settled at what’s happened over the last four weeks since it became clear that Alan would be leaving for Crystal Place.
And he’s won his first four games in charge and got a great 3-2 FA Cup win at the Saints on Saturday, and Palace have gained 6 points on Newcastle and are now only one place behind us in the league.
We think Pardew bolted because he had been told Newcastle were not bringing in any new players in January, and we had noticed in December how outspoken he was about Newcastle needing a new striker in January.
Steven Taylor is also out for the season, so we are really short of experienced center-backs too.
We have 16 games still to play and we are not safe yet, so we need to put some wins together and try to get to 40 points just as soon as possible, and put as many points on the board as we can.
Since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007 we have reached 50 points only once in the Premier League – in 2012 when we had 65 points and finished in 5th position.
It doesn’t look like we can break 50 points this season, since we would need 23 points in our last 16 games – although it’s certainly possible.
It’s time Lee Charnley brought some stability to the club – either by appointing a new head coach or saying who that will be through the end of the season.
That should happen sometime this week.
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